Any Fall 2007 UCLA MECN Applicants out there? - page 7

So many of the threads regarding direct-entry programs featured mainly east coast schools, there have to be a few folks out there like me who've applied to the UCLA MECN program for the Fall 2007... Read More

  1. by   happychickchick
    Dihanna:

    Wow, thank you for your honest response. I don't want to lose hope, but I don't want to be completely shocked when I get a rejection letter either. Even though it would have been nice to get a Masters, I'm fine with getting into any program at the moment. Right now, I am going to apply to the BSN program at San Jose State. I hope I get in!

    Congrats to you for getting admitted. Already, I can tell by your response, you are going to be a great nurse!

    So you also have a public health degree? Wow, that's awesome.
  2. by   nurse2481
    I also just want to add how valuable healthcare experience is. I am sure everyone is intelligent and passionate and qualified to do whatever they want to pursue but I am also sure that the admissions committee at UCLA wants to make sure that this is what YOU really want and you really know that through experience. Let me try to explain myself better with this story. My co-worker and really good friend is the sweetest girl you would meet. She has a huge heart and naturally the most caring girl I know. Our friends always call her the "mom." She orginally wanted to go into nursing because she really wanted to help others and make a difference (what we all say and feel) After working at Cedars for two years she became really inspired by the manager of our department. Our manager is an amazing lady who is caring, sweet, outgoing, very social, a great people person, and at the same time very organized and creative. She made sure the patients were being treated properly that our medical team was being treated properly, she created new programs for our department, was almost like a therapist for any problems in the office...Just an amazing person, on top of everything but still making a difference and definitely affecting everyones life. My friend has that other side of her to, that side who likes to make sure everyone is okay by taking charge, she is very creative, and very organized and she realized after 2 years she wants to go into health administration and so she got her Masters in health administration. She loves kids and is not managing a department at a pediactric hospital and she loves it! My point is, I am sure we all want to help others and make a difference and do something with our lives that is rewarding...and after working in an hospital or in the healthcare field you realize there are a million ways to do this. I work with clinical trial coordinators for prostate cancer and they have their own patients, they stay with them through treatment, develop relationships with them, etc....There are nutritionists, medical social workers, program coordinators, pyschologists, health educators, or if you like stuff like the operating room there are usually more OR techs than nurses...My point is, it is incredible how many ways you can touch lives and it is good to experience all the facets of the health care and see all the different positions in a hospital to make sure you are positive what you are doing. I am not trying to say you dont know what you want to do but experience really tells you what it is like. And nursing, like any career, is not always great. It gets stressfull especially nursing because of the shortage. Our cancer center at the hospital has had 2 full time nursing positions that they havent been able to fill for over a year. Therefore, the nurses are really over worked, burnt out, cant spend as much time with their patients, and we have been hiring traveling nurses which is not as good because you constantly have to train someone, they dont get to know the staff and patients as well because they are gone before you know it. It is very hard work and that is why you have to be 100% sure you want to do it and you love what you do because only that way will it be fullfilling. Otherwise you will be unhappy in your job. And you really discover yourself through experiences.

    So as I said before, I am not saying you dont know if you really want this...I am just saying from an admissions point of view, they and me malso probably wouldnt want to take anyone without a lot of experience because I would want to make sure they are making the right decision for their future. Its not that you arent capable or a great student...they just want to make sure this is really your passion and you know this because you have seen what nursing is all about and you have seen other positions in healthcare and you STILL really want to do this.

    That is my take on it.. I think things happen for a reason...and people always through that phrase around but let me tell you what I think it means...I think its beautiful to always be growing and learning from things in life. And when things happen good or bad we experience something new and learn from it and that is the reason. Things happen and we learn from it and the reason is to make us more well rounded, experienced, and understanding people. If you think of yourself as always learning and think positive in your life you will feel that positive energy and learn and grow and be happy. So I think if you are saying you didnt get in and you didnt have much experience, that is a wonderful thing becuase you dont want to jump into something you might not be fully sure or aware of. Experience is great. There is no need to rush life. Experience it and discover yourself and you can alway apply again and they will see your new growth and confidence.
  3. by   nurse2481
    haha..sorry for all my miswording and spelling mistakes above...I was just writing what was on my mind and then sent it off and then re-read it and saw certain parts didnt make sense...anyway..Im sure you got all I wrote though...

    Be happy and confident and take your time with life...there is no rush...
  4. by   redchickx
    Quote from flyingfish2u
    I got into the accelerated program at Mount St. Mary's. I'm waiting to hear about the Kaiser scholarship. I have not heard back from UCLA yet, but most likely I will be attending MSMC in mid May. Anyway, I will keep you posted if I hear anything. Good luck.
    i currently am attending MSMC Accel. BSN.. if you have any questions, i'm here!
  5. by   flyingfish2u
    Quote from redchickx
    i currently am attending MSMC Accel. BSN.. if you have any questions, i'm here!
    Thanks for the offer. I want to send you a private message, but your box is full. Would you rather I post my questions here or start a new thread?
  6. by   redchickx
    Quote from flyingfish2u
    Thanks for the offer. I want to send you a private message, but your box is full. Would you rather I post my questions here or start a new thread?
    ahh, cleared up the problem - you can send me a private message now.
  7. by   megamiepona
    Hmm...no GRE is required for this MECN program??

    Quote from Asherah
    Quick update...I was dying to know how many apps were submitted for the Fall 2007 MECN program, and emailed Shelli Shepherd. Turns out there were 299 applicants for the 60 spots! Somehow this information doesn't make me feel any better about the wait. :stone
  8. by   Asherah
    Nope.
  9. by   megamiepona
    So when you graduate from this program, can you easily get accepted into UCLA's advance programs, that is NP programs? Thanks!
  10. by   tt11
    Dear All,

    I read your posts with a lot of hope.

    Here's my story - I am considering the MECN program at UCLA and even though I will not be applying yet, I intend to take all prerequisties starting Spring 08. I have a degree in Chemistry, even though it's a foreign degree. I've never been a nurse or worked in healthcare.

    According to your experiences at the open house and meeting swith officials, Do I stand a good chance. Do I need some kind of medical experience to qualify?

    You advice is highly appreciated.
    Thank you
  11. by   megonia
    Hi tt11-

    I would definitely suggest getting some health care related experience in while you're waiting to apply. You could volunteer at a local hospital or non-profit agency, for example. Although it is not specifically stated that health care experience is required, it certainly couldn't hurt and would help to make your application much more competitive. You are given the opportunity in the personal statement to discuss your health care experience, so I think it would be a good idea to get some!

    Hope this helps. :-)
  12. by   chairandtable
    from my understanding, after speaking to many nurses and others in the health profession, the ucla program is not recommended. i have a friend currently in the program and she just finished her first year there. however, she has not had one hour thus far in a clinic/hospital. because it is a newer program, i would stick with the msmc program. the masters you receive does not do that much, unless you want to move up in administration. does anyone know the website to apply for the kaiser scholarship program?
  13. by   RedHead85
    Quote from chairandtable
    from my understanding, after speaking to many nurses and others in the health profession, the ucla program is not recommended. i have a friend currently in the program and she just finished her first year there. however, she has not had one hour thus far in a clinic/hospital. because it is a newer program, i would stick with the msmc program. the masters you receive does not do that much, unless you want to move up in administration. does anyone know the website to apply for the kaiser scholarship program?
    No clinicals in the first year?? That's odd. From my understanding in speaking with someone in the program, and looking at the program schedule, it looks like clinicals should begin Spring Quarter of the first year and then continue on in summer and through the second year.

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